to get donations and even let the four-year-old believe she had the disease’
A mother who allegedly faked her daughter’s cancer so she could get thousands of dollars in donations, even convincing the four-year-old she had the disease, has been arrested, it emerged today.
Abreail Denise Winkler, 30, from Vernal, Utah, convinced everyone in her local community her child was battling leukemia and allegedly accepted more than $3,000 in donations.
Vernal police officials said they contacted the Division of Child and Family Services about medical records regarding the child, and none of them suggested she had cancer.
Vernal police detective Shaun Smith said on Wednesday: ‘We contacted the Division of Child and Family Services. They were able to provide us with medical records and such, and nothing suggests that cancer was ever an issue.
‘Some of the victims [who donated money] that have come forward have had children with cancer, and those individuals are obviously the most impacted.
‘We interviewed the child, and up until a couple of days prior to us interviewing her, she still at that point believed that she had cancer.
‘At this point, she knows that she does not and appears to be coping with it well.’
There was no evidence to suggest that Winkler did anything to her child to make her sick but a number of people in the community told the Deseret News she looked sick in recent weeks and was even losing clumps of hair.